Friday, February 17, 2012

Magma enables ZiiLABS to double performance, cut power by half on 100-core ZMS-40 processor

SAN JOSE, USA: Magma Design Automation Inc. announced that ZiiLABS, a pioneering media processor and platform company (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd), has implemented its 14th design using Magma’s software.

The recently announced 100-core ZMS-40 StemCell Media processor combines 96 of ZiiLABS' StemCell media processing cores with four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs to deliver stunning multi-tasking application and media processing performance and is optimized for Android-based handheld and tablet computing applications. By doubling the number of StemCell Media processors compared to the previous ZMS-20, the ZMS-40 delivers twice the peak media performance.

Alternatively, the ZMS-40’s larger array can be run at lower clock speeds to achieve the same performance as the ZMS-20 while consuming up to 50 percent less power. The Magma software was instrumental in enabling ZiiLABS to tape out the ZMS40 while maintaining an aggressive design schedule. As a result of this latest success, ZiiLABS will deploy the Talus 1.2 IC implementation system, Tekton static timing analysis, QCP extraction, FineSim SPICE circuit simulation and Quartz DRC/LVS physical verification solutions on its next-generation designs.

In 2000 ZiiLABS, then 3Dlabs, was the first company ever to tape out a design using Magma’s then nascent IC implementation software. In commemoration of the first tape out and in recognition of ZiiLABS’ latest design milestone, Magma presented ZiiLABS’ Vice President of Technical Strategy, Paul Pontin, with the SiliconOne Leadership award.

“For over a decade, Magma has been instrumental in allowing us to meet our customers’ ever-increasing demands for innovation, phenomenal performance and value," said Pontin. “Magma software continues to provide the most advanced features, capacity and turnaround time and the company’s responsive and professional engineering support gives us complete confidence in our ability to achieve silicon success.”

“Our close, long-term relationship with ZiiLABS has been invaluable in helping us understand the changing requirements of the exploding handheld and tablet computing market,” said Premal Buch. “As a result, we’ve been able to leverage the tight integration enabled by Magma’s unified datamodel to develop a flow that provides better efficiency and higher productivity while streamlining deployment.”

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.